The 19 numbers on this CD are drawn from nine previous Storyville LPs. A strong sampling of the music of trombonist Ole "Fessor' Lindgreen's Copenhagen-based jazz bands, the performances range from classic jazz and Dixieland (such as "Back O'Town Blues," "Perdido Street Stomp" and "Riverboat Shuffle") to blues and swinging early R&B. There are even versions of "Hard Times" (an early hit for David "Fathead" Newman) and Chuck Mangione's "Buttercorn Lady" plus a song apiece by Bob Dylan and Alan Broadbent. A couple of odd folk numbers find saxophonist Steen Vig switching to accordion ("Elith's Farm" is particularly eccentric). With either Finn Otto Hansen or Verner Work Nielsen on trumpet and usually Elithe "Nulle" Nykjaer and Steen Vig on reeds, the musicianship of the band is high, the players are flexible and the results are quite enjoyable and a bit unpredictable. This fine introduction to Fessor's music celebrates his 25th year of leading eclectic but always swinging bands.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow